Dog rescued from storm drain finds new home in Citrus Heights

07/05/2013 12:00 AM

07/05/2013 6:23 AM

A dog abandoned in a storm drain late last month is adjusting nicely to her new home in Citrus Heights, her new owner says.

After the story of the dog was publicized, plenty of people expressed interest in adopting the little mutt. They were drawn to the plight of the dog extracted from deep in a storm drain by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters.

A bicycle cable lock wrapped around her hind legs had restricted the dog's movement. Vicki Korsak, who adopted the dog, says she can't believe such a nice dog was treated in such a callous way.

"I don't understand why some people are so wicked," Korsak said.

The small dog apparently was forced down the storm drain, a witness told first-responders. Sacramento police gathered information regarding the incident.

Firefighters responded to a field at Power Inn and Calvine roads about 5:45 p.m. June 23. A firefighter lowered himself 15 feet to the bottom before crawling along to reach the dog.

Korsak saw TV 13 Ron Jones' report on the dog, and says she liked the pooch the moment she first saw her.

"I really wasn't aggressively looking for a dog," she said. "But she was so gentle-looking when she was with the reporter. I knew that was the dog for me."

Korsak was the first person to check out the dog when it came up for adoption Saturday at the Sacramento County animal shelter. As soon as she saw the dog, she agreed to adopt her.

Korsak named the dog Honey for its sweet nature. At the shelter, workers called the dog Stormie.

On Monday she took Honey home, where two cats are getting used to the new arrival.

The 1-year-old dog, which might be part corgi, was timid at the shelter, but that would not be a surprise given the treatment she endured.

"She is actually very forgiving and accepting, as are many animals that we encounter that have been abused," said Tara Diller of Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation.

Diller said the original owner has not been found.

"She is very, very sweet," said Korsak of her new pet. "She wants to be around me. She really trusts me. And she really liked the people at the shelter."

A co-worker learned that Korsak got the dog rescued from the storm drain. She told Korsak the dog was lucky to go to such a good home.

"I said, 'No, I'm the lucky one,' " Korsak said.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. Follow him on Twitter @Lindelofnews.

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